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Federal Cost of Living Adjustment Will Affect SNAP and Other Benefits Received Through DCFS
December 28, 2017
12.28.2017 - A federal cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to Social Security and veterans benefits for 2018 will result in decreases to some Louisiana residents' Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps, as well as benefits through the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) and Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP).
DCFS Celebrates Adoption Month with Annual Reception at Governor's Mansion
November 16, 2017
11.16.2017 - More Louisiana families took in multiple foster children or siblings, and more adopted their kin, leading to another record-setting year for adoptions from foster care.
DCFS Celebrates November as Adoption Awareness Month
November 01, 2017
11.1.2017 - DCFS and community partners will host events throughout the state during November to raise awareness about adoption and celebrate another record-setting year for the number of foster children who found permanent homes.
DCFS Launches Online 'Safe Haven' Facility Locator
October 16, 2017
10.16.2017 - In an effort to prevent infant abandonment and save lives, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) launched an online mapping tool designed to help the public locate hospitals, fire stations and other facilities where they can legally relinquish a newborn under Louisiana's Safe Haven law.
Federal Adjustments to Impact SNAP Benefits, beginning October 1
September 28, 2017
9.28.2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new cost-of-living adjustments for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that go into effect on Oct. 1 will mean a reduction of benefits for most Louisiana families, while allowing others on the cusp of eligibility to begin receiving assistance.
DCFS Selected to Test Workforce Strategies
September 18, 2017
9.18.2017 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was selected as one of eight sites to partner with the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD) to strengthen the workforce.
DCFS to Cease Operation of Reunification Line Today
September 08, 2017
9.8.2017 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is ceasing operation of its reunification line today for anyone seeking to locate Hurricane Harvey survivors in state-run shelters in Louisiana.
Texas Calls Harvey Survivors to Come Back Home
September 05, 2017
9.5.2017 - Texas survivors of Hurricane Harvey staying in Louisiana shelters began their road to recovery Tuesday, as the two states partnered to transport the survivors to a shelter in Dallas.
Phone Lines Set Up for Texas Families Trying to Locate Harvey Survivors in Louisiana's State Shelters
September 02, 2017
9.2.2017 - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has set up a phone bank for Texas families trying to locate loved ones evacuated after Hurricane Harvey to state-run shelters in Louisiana.
Jewella Shelter in Shreveport Opened to Take in Texas Survivors of Harvey
September 01, 2017
9.1.2017 - The Jewella shelter in Shreveport opened to begin taking in Texas survivors of Harvey. The shelter is staffed by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
Donations Center Established in Alexandria for Texas Survivors of Harvey
August 31, 2017
08.31.17 - United Way of Central Louisiana has set up a donation center at the Kress Theatre in Alexandria to accept new clothing for Texas survivors of Harvey staying in the Alexandria mega-shelter.
State Opens Alexandria Mega-shelter for Texas Harvey Survivors
August 30, 2017
08.30.17 - The Alexandria mega-shelter opened to take in Texas survivors from Tropical Storm Harvey. The shelter is staffed by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).